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Yeah, I would love to do exactly that for him. Unfortunately that's way over my budget, for a friends birthday. Not to mention my fiance would probably kill me in my sleep. I'm looking at the best bang in performance for him as well as for my buck. $200 is my max if it's absolutely brilliant, but $150 or less would be better on my pocketbook.
Thanks for that insight though!

maybe tell him you will buy him a motherboard and CPU or something and he can do memory and a video card? I feel that skipping over upgrading his current platform will save the most money in the end.

See if he will work a deal with you.
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Originally Posted by blampars View Post

Yeah, I would love to do exactly that for him. Unfortunately that's way over my budget, for a friends birthday. Not to mention my fiance would probably kill me in my sleep. I'm looking at the best bang in performance for him as well as for my buck. $200 is my max if it's absolutely brilliant, but $150 or less would be better on my pocketbook.
Thanks for that insight though!

maybe tell him you will buy him a motherboard and CPU or something and he can do memory and a video card? I feel that skipping over upgrading his current platform will save the most money in the end.

See if he will work a deal with you.

I agree. Even a X9650 struggles to keep up with a basic i3, though they can be overclocked. This is irrelevant, though, as you budget would never cover this CPU. The E8400 is squashed by the SB Pentiums. Really, if you want to give your friend a better system you would upgrade the CPU and GPU to more modern items, say a 2120 and a 6850. To do this, though, you would need a motherboard, some RAM and probably a PSU as well.

This would go way over budget and the performance gains would be far to large to justify spending almost the same amount on a 775 based system that can't even compete. If I were you, I would talk to your friend and see if he will let you help him by selling his whole rig to make the funds of the 1155 system, then you could probably afford the full on upgrade. Without doing this, the money spent really doesn't justify the performance gains.
 
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I agree. Even a X9650 struggles to keep up with a basic i3, though they can be overclocked. This is irrelevant, though, as you budget would never cover this CPU. The E8400 is squashed by the SB Pentiums. Really, if you want to give your friend a better system you would upgrade the CPU and GPU to more modern items, say a 2120 and a 6850. To do this, though, you would need a motherboard, some RAM and probably a PSU as well.
This would go way over budget and the performance gains would be far to large to justify spending almost the same amount on a 775 based system that can't even compete. If I were you, I would talk to your friend and see if he will let you help him by selling his whole rig to make the funds of the 1155 system, then you could probably afford the full on upgrade. Without doing this, the money spent really doesn't justify the performance gains.

This. at best you're gonna give him 6 more months of use before that cpu really needs to be replaced. a year ago i would have said that the cpu is fine, but with the release of battlefield, crysis etc....those old core 2's just don' have the horsepower anymore.
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I'm thinking I'm just going to give him a platform upgrade. $200 cash and charge the rest. He's still full time college and can't really help out much as far as paying half or whatever, but he's my best friend so I'll dump some extra cash his way. My Ivy Bridge upgrade can wait till late summer. biggrin.gif Thanks everyone for the advice and other options to consider!!
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